Author Archives: Richard Robinson

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2014 Reading Stats

My goal is always two books per week, 104 per year. This year I read 105, which is just over that goal. Here’s the breakdown: Fantasy and science fiction reading was up, mystery down some, otherwise about the same across the … Continue reading

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Current Reading, December 29, 2014 – January 4, 2015

The holidays and end of year stuff is over and it’s time to get back to the business of reading. Here’s what we’re up to. Richard I finished Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz (from library). I liked Horowitz’ previous book, House of Silk, … Continue reading

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Resolutions, sort of

I used to make a new year’s resolutions every year. I’d resolve to read more, which I’ve done. I’ve resolved to lose weight, which has been, literally, an up and down thing and is still at the top of my things I … Continue reading

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Broken Bullhorn 2014 in review

The people at WordPress do this every year, and some other bloggers have already put theirs up… here’s mine. Click here to see the complete report.

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Favorite Books Read in 2014

In no particular order, here are the books I liked best in 2014. Constellation vol. 1 by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller – science fiction, and Constellation vol. 2 by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller, science fiction. These are the first and second … Continue reading

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Current Reading, December 22 – 28, 2014

The busier it gets here, the less reading I seem to do, and it’s been “holiday busy”. I finished Greenglass House by Kate Milford, which was a disappointment, I expected better. I liked the setting, the characters and though it was pretty … Continue reading

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New Arrivals, Christmas edition

“Santa” was very generous this year, but then, that’s no surprise as I was very good all year long. I’ll start out with the mystery fiction: The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries edited by Otto Penzler [Vintage Crime/Black Lizard 2014 trade paper, … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

Seems like the run-up to Christmas started last summer, but the day is here. I hope everyone has the very best holiday celebration, however you choose to do that. For those celebrating Christmas, I hope Santa brings you a gift … Continue reading

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

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Current Reading, December 15 – 21, 2014

Happy holidays! We’ve been very busy with Christmas stuff, so reading is down some. Richard I finished Lock In by John Scalzi, which I liked more than I expected. I say that because it wasn’t what I was expecting (a medical thriller) but … Continue reading

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Christmas Season 2

The tree is decorated, the cards are on the mantle, the house decorated, the stockings hung (with care). The shopping is finished (thank goodness), the packages wrapped and under the tree. We’re all settled in, only a few days before the … Continue reading

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ffb: Frederick Nebel stories and novels, and some other arrivals

this is the 160th in my series of forgotten or seldom read book posts New Arrivals: These are new arrivals, but they are – the books anyway – forgotten books so it qualifies for a Friday Forgotten post, in my … Continue reading

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Current Reading, December 8 – 14, 2014

Richard I finished The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin and enjoyed it. It’s a YA mystery novel with a murder (or was it?) and enough characters, clues and setting for me to enjoy. It would make a good Christmas present book for … Continue reading

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Christmas Season

Today was “get the tree” day here, so we were at the Boy Scout lot when they opened at 9:00 a.m. this morning. The cat slept on. We forgot the camera, but we were the first ones on the lot … Continue reading

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Current Reading, December 1 – 7, 2014

Richard Not a lot of reading, but I’m plugging along. I finished Jeffrey Siger’s Sons of Sparta which I enjoyed but didn’t think was as good as the previous two books. Still, it’s a series I enjoy and will certainly read the … Continue reading

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ffb: Tales from High Hallack – the Collected Short Stories of Andre Norton, Volume 1 by Andre Norton

this is the 159th in my series of forgotten or seldom read books Tales from High Hallack, Volume 1 by Andre Norton, edited by Jean Rabe [Premier Digital Publishing 2014 trade paper, purchased new] – fantasy / science fiction short story collection. … Continue reading

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Current Reading, November 24 – 30, 2014

Reading – Richard Reading? What reading? Seems like all I’ve done in the last week is watch football and eat. The weather has gotten steadily colder, just 24 when we got up this morning, and we had our first snow … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Stay safe and warm, everyone. We have a lot to be thankful for! Family, friends, freedom, food, our health and happiness. Oh, and of course there’s football. We’ll have a pretty traditional … Continue reading

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review: The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbs by George Mann

The Casebook of Newbury & Hobbs by George Mann, [Titan Books, 2013 trade paper] – mystery-steampunk adventure. Fifteen stories, 400 pages. A book in the Newbury & Hobbes Investigation series. It’s no surprise, to book lovers and readers who travel a blog … Continue reading

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Current Reading, November 17 – 23, 2014

Reading – Richard I’m plugging away. My intention to read mostly short stories during November got off to a late start due to several library books drifting into the house, but I finished those up last week, as shown in … Continue reading

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